Pittsburg is bursting with avenues to enjoy culture, entertainment and recreation. From community theatre and local events to modern park amenities, there’s never a shortage of things to do.
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Arts and culture are alive in Pittsburg. The city’s main hub of culture is Old Town Pittsburg. The heart of Pittsburg is bursting with opportunities to shop and dine at a number of unique hometown businesses; view Art About Town, a public arts program featuring local artwork and attractions; and take part in a variety of communitywide events, including the weekly Farmers Market, the Thursday night Old Town Classic Car Show, Hot Summer Nights in August and the much-anticipated Pittsburg Seafood Festival in Old Town Pittsburg – recognized as Contra Costa County’s largest two-day event.
Old Town Pittsburg has experienced extensive redevelopment over the years, expanding and refurbishing existing structures, developing new facilities (such as the Old Town plaza) and improving the overall infrastructure of the district. The historic California Theater is also undergoing major renovations in Old Town. After construction, the landmark theater will reopen as a community performing arts center.
Until then, audiences continue to pack the seats at such venues as Los Medanos College’s Recital Hall and Auditorium, and the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building – an entertainment venue that has recently undergone a $9 million modernization project. Additionally, the Enean Theater, a cultural gem, will be undergoing a significant refurbishment project in the future that will result in a multi-purpose community space.
The cultural outlets don’t end there. Moviegoers catch first-run movies at the modern Brenden Theatre Pittsburg 16, while history buffs are invited to explore Pittsburg’s vibrant heritage and culture at the Pittsburg Historical Society Museum. Housed in the historic Post-Dispatch building, the unique museum is highlighted by a number of permanent exhibits, including the Old Town area, the sports room, an Indian artifact display and displays honoring the various cultures and families of Pittsburg.
The community is filled with opportunities to enjoy both indoor and outdoor recreation. The city of Pittsburg’s Recreation Department operates more than 20 parks in the community, which offer a variety of amenities, including athletic fields, basketball and tennis courts, picnicking and BBQing, playgrounds and tot lots and more. Among its notable facilities is the refurbished Sullenberger Swim Center, the 600-slip Pittsburg Municipal Marina and the family-friendly Small World Park, a recreation and amusement park featuring opportunities to picnic, fish, play on the tot lots and enjoy exciting rides. The city also provides year-round recreation programming for youth, teens and adults, as well as seniors at the 10,500-square-foot senior center. Delta View Golf Club is Pittsburg’s only 18-hole golf course and is currently under management by Monterey Golf Management Group.
Accompanying the offerings of the City Recreation Department, the East Bay Regional Park District offers various activities and manages more than 100,000 acres of parks, recreation areas, shorelines, preserves, trails and other sites throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Pittsburg is home to the 595-acre Browns Island, positioned at the intersection of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. The island hosts six rare and endangered plant species and an assortment of aquatic birds. The park is open by appointment.